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New ‘Ivanhoe’ Adaptation

Irvine Welsh, Jon S. Baird Reteam To Adapt Walter Scott’s ‘Ivanhoe’ EXCLUSIVE– Iconoclastic Scottish writer Irvine Welsh (Trainspotting) and director Jon S. Baird(Filth) are re-teaming for a bold new adaptation of the classic Walter Scott adventure tale Ivanhoe.  Jens Meurer is producing through his Berlin-based Egoli Tossell Film banner. Meurer previously worked with Welsh and Baird on Filth, which is how this latest collaboration first sparked. Basil Iwanyk and his company Thunder Road Pictures are also on-board as producers, along with Stuart Pollok ,…

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John Knox and the Monstrous Regiment of Women

Hmm…So John Knox had some issues. Before John Knox returned home from exile to become a hero of the Scottish Reformation, he penned a shocking polemic against women in roles of authority: The First Blast of the Trumpet against the Monstrous Regiment of Women. The diatribe, which he planned to follow with a second and third blast, set the stage for a tumultuous relationship with four ruling queens: Mary of Guise (1515-1560), Mary Tudor (1516-1558), Mary…

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Writers

What did Chris say?

I’m in a writers’ group with author Chris Ward. (Buy his books. He’s a wonderful writer.) On a regular basis, Chris throws out British expressions that I have to look up. So I decided to create a blog feature about it. So, what did Chris say today? “Broke my duck” — Originating from cricket, it comes from the phrase “to break your duck’s egg.” It means to do something for the first time. For more info,…

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